Research at Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

Researchers at Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) collaborate across 9 different departments to discover and innovate new ideas, inventions and improve on our quality of life, all made possible by state of the art facilities and equipment.

WIN research is global. Its membership is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Its focus is on the future and on improving the quality of life for all.

Discovery & Innovation

Science and discovery is at the heart of our research. But it is our commitment to real-world innovation and application engineering that defines nanotechnology research at WIN.

We believe that discovery and innovation happens at the interfaces of traditional disciplines. For that reason, WIN research faculty are drawn from 9 departments: Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmacy, Physics, and Systems Design Engineering.

Research Thematic Areas


Smart and Functional Materials 

This includes but not limited to fundamental condensed matter physics, soft matter, materials characterization, nanomaterials,  graphene and other 2D materials, quantum materials, nanoparticles, quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, DNA self-assembly, biomaterial and nanocellulose, new materials for additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing), protein, enzymes, biopolymers, biomaterials, electronic and photo-active materials.

Connected Devices

Connected Devices

This includes but not limited to sensors (quantum-, nano- and microsensors), MEMS/NEMS, flexible electronics, wearable devices, lab-on-chip,  use of internet-of-things and artificial intelligence for sensors, human-machine interfaces, photonic-devices and other connected devices.


Solar Panels

Next Generation Energy Systems

This includes but not limited to fundamental understanding of transport processes in energy devices, battery, fuel cells, catalysis, low-carbon sustainable technologies, artificial photosynthesis.


Therapeutics and Theranostics

This includes but not limited to targeted drug delivery, tissue engineering, minimally invasive treatment of diseases, immunotherapy, and medical imaging.